Gallery: TEST DRIVE: The Kia Optima Hybrid Offers an Unexpected Option ...

Inhabitat recently test drove the new Kia Optima Hybrid, one of a few dozen new hybrid vehicles set to hit the market over the next year or two. We didn't expect much in terms of efficiency or style, seeing as how Kia is a budget brand, but boy did this car surprise us. Our runs in the Optima Hybrid averaged nearly 40 miles per gallon--hardly what you would get from the mild hybrid we were expecting--and a friend even commented that the style had hints of Aston Martin. That's pretty high praise, but come along with us for a little ride to find out why the Kia Optima Hybrid surpassed nearly all our expectations and makes our list of decent options for green drivers.

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